Category: Arts & Entertainment

Why We Should Still Listen to Award Speeches, Even If 'They're Just Celebrities' (Image source: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal)

Why We Should Still Listen to Award Speeches, Even If ‘They’re Just Celebrities’

Perceived as self-congratulatory or smug acts of virtue-signaling, awards ceremony speeches play key roles in raising awareness for important issues. Celebrities are not political experts. Still, that shouldn't distract the public from reflecting on hot-button issues like minority representation in film, and sexual misconduct.

For Love’s Sake, Let’s Reclaim the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

For Love’s Sake, Let’s Reclaim the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a deservedly maligned Hollywood trope. But, she hearkens to an ancient archetype which can unlock a deeper understanding of love.

Geek Culture is Mainstream, But Geek Girls Remain Left Behind

Geek Culture is Mainstream, But Geek Girls Remain Left Behind

Geek girls are vying for top-billing in a culture that used to ignore them and now frequently makes self-deprecating jokes about male geeks’ inability to coherently talk to women. Female representation is diversifying as women continue to grow as a consumer block, but women and girls deserve more.

Peter Pan, Existentialist Fairy Tale?

Peter Pan, Existentialist Fairy Tale?

For all its silliness and sentimentality, Peter Pan serves as a precautionary tale for those who fear the responsibilities of living, and the uncertainties of dying.

Reboots, Remakes, Revivals: Nostalgia in the Streaming Era

Reboots, Remakes, Revivals: Nostalgia in the Streaming Era

Contemporary popular media seems to be powered by the fumes of nostalgia, and doesn't appear to be changing course anytime soon. When should we let the past go, and when should we re-purpose television series and films to address our current challenges?